In this Article
- What other names is Black Cohosh known by?
- What is Black Cohosh?
- Is Black Cohosh effective?
- How does Black Cohosh work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Black Cohosh.
Some reports have linked black cohosh to liver damage. It is not known for sure if black cohosh is the cause of liver damage in these cases. More information is needed. Until more is known, people who take black cohosh should watch for symptoms of liver damage such as yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), unusual fatigue, or dark urine. If these symptoms develop, black cohosh should be stopped and medical attention should be sought. People who take black cohosh should get periodic blood tests to check for liver damage.
Do not use black cohosh if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have breast cancer.
- You have uterine cancer.
- You have ovarian cancer.
- You have a condition called "endometriosis."
- You have uterine "fibroids."
- You have liver disease.
- You have received a kidney transplant.
- You have a condition called protein S deficiency.
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